A pictorial documentation of Herb Alpert's Black Totems sculpture installation, photographed by Philipp Scholz Ritterman with an essay by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.
Herb Alpert’s “Black Totems” sculptural installation represents the culmination of over a decade of work in the sculpting studio. His black cast bronze totems presented “like a copse of trees after rain” were inspired by indigenous sculptural forms from the Pacific Northwest. What begin as hand-sized forms are scaled up and cast as ten to eighteen foot high monoliths. Acknowledging totemic explorations by fellow sculptors Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi and others, Alpert’s soaring forms appear as frozen smoke, or jazz given physical form.